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Maharashtra Congress demands financial aid for poor in line of Nyay scheme

The state leader took to social media platforms to register their protest and demanded the centre to provide ₹10,000 to a poor family initially and then ₹7,500 each month for the next six months.

Maharashtra Congress demands financial aid for poor in line of Nyay scheme
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Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat on Thursday led an online agitation to demand monetary assistance from the centre for those who are economically weak amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

The ‘SpeakUpIndia’ agitation was held across the country following instructions of the party’s central leadership and was organised to demand monetary help from the centre for the poor and needy which will enable them to make purchases. This could help in revival of the economy, Thorat said. 

The Congress leaders have demanded financial assistance for the poor in the line of Nyay scheme proposed by Rahul Gandhi during the Lok Sabha election campaign in 2019. 

The state Congress leaders took to social media platforms like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to register their protest. Former Maharashtra CM and senior Congress leader, Prithviraj Chavan demanded the centre to provide ₹10,000 to a poor family initially and then ₹7,500 each month for the next six months. 

Thorat stated that the poor have been worst-hit by the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus outbreak and the imposition of lockdown. Providing money to them will enable their purchasing power and help to revive the economy, he added. 

“The common man is the worst hit by the coronavirus crisis. The one who struggles to make ends meet is left with no income source,” Thorat, who holds the Revenue Department in MVA government, said. 

While registering his protest via Facebook Live, Thorat said that he was remembering the Nyay scheme proposed by Rahul Gandhi. “We must provide some amount of money to the poor which would give momentum to the economy. The centre must extend monetary assistance to the poor in line with the proposed Nyay scheme,” he said. 

Furthermore, Thorat attacked the centre over its economic package of worth ₹20 lakh crores and alleged that it was not about spending money but giving loans. The package is no use to the poor who needs financial assistance to survive, he said. 

Congress leader Nitin Raut also demanded the centre to increase working days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to 200. Maharashtra Energy Minister Raut further asked the centre to take care of the expenses of migrants and provide financial assistance and not loan to MSME sector. 

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